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The University of Vermont, Community College of Vermont
102 S. Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
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Program Contact Mark Prior
Phone 802.488.6580

SUCCEED is an innovative post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities and autism, provided by Howard Center in collaboration with area colleges. Students have the opportunity to participate in four program areas: Student Housing/Independent Living, Education, Campus Life, and Career Development. SUCCEED provides students with the tools to live more independently while actively participating in a true college experience. Students graduate with the ability to live in their own apartment, develop meaningful friendships, obtain fulfilling employment and establish social connections within their community.

Public or private: Public
Type of school:

SUCCEED is a supportive post-secondary education and independent living program offered by Howard Center, which is a large community support agency in Burlington, VT.  SUCCEED is a 2-3 year program that works in collaboration with area colleges and universities.

Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 14
Description of our summer transition program:

SUCCEED is a year-round program, which includes a summer semester. Incoming fall students participate in a number of transition events over the summer, prior to enrollment.

Deadline to apply to this program: March 1, 2019
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 50%
Retention rate: 80%
Cost of the program: Supports provided in SUCCEED are funded through Vermont Medicaid Waiver. Students are responsible for covering monthly room & board fees as well as college course tuition.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

In addition to integrated college level courses, students also take SUCCEED seminars with program peers, which teach life skills such as self-advocacy, critical thinking and personal financial management.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Magic the Gathering groups, Anime groups, chorus, photography groups.

Last updated: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 09:28